Kansas St. 61, Nebraska 45
MANHATTAN, Kan. (AP)—Clent Stewart scored 14 points, and Kansas State earned its first four-game conference winning streak in 17 years by beating Nebraska 61-45 on Saturday night.
David Hoskins added 11 points and Cartier Martin had 10 for Kansas State, which won despite making only five second-half field goals.
It was the fifth consecutive victory for the Wildcats (15-6, 4-2 Big 12), who were coming off Monday’s 73-36 nonconference rout of Chicago State.
The 1989-90 team won five straight Big Eight games. The Big 12 began play in the 1996-97 season.
Nebraska (12-7, 1-4) trailed by seven at the break but got six quick points from center Aleks Maric early in the second half and closed within 29-28 on Charles Richardson Jr.’s basket with 16:18 left.
The Cornhuskers missed a chance to take the lead, though, when Sek Henry missed two free throws with just over 14 1/2 minutes remaining.
Blake Young’s 3-pointer with 13:12 left started an 11-4 run that put the Wildcats up 40-32, and Nebraska never got closer than five points again.
Kansas State took its first double-digit lead, 48-37, on Martin’s two free throws with just under 2 1/2 minutes to go. The Wildcats scored 15 points—all from the line—in the final 1:23.
Henry wasn’t the only Nebraska player with problems from the line, where the Cornhuskers hit only 5 of 12 attempts. Kansas State was 26-for-32, offsetting its 33 percent (14-for-43) performance from the field.
Maric, held scoreless in the first half, finished with 10 points—eight under his team-leading average—and was the only Nebraska player in double figures.
Kansas State led 27-20 at the end of a first half in which both teams also shot poorly from the field—30 percent (7-for-23) for Nebraska and 33 percent (9-for-27) for the Wildcats.
The Huskers’ 20 first-half points were a season low.
Kansas State opened the game in a 1-for-7 funk and trailed 10-3 after six minutes, while the Cornhuskers started 5-for-9 but then missed 11 straight over a 10 1/2 -minute span before Richardson made a driving layup with 1:30 left in the half.
Nebraska coach Doc Sadler drew a first-half technical for protesting Ryan Anderson’s second personal foul. Martin hit both free throws for a 14-all tie.
Kansas State’s 4,600-seat student section was packed for the first conference home game since coach Bob Huggins criticized students who bought tickets but were no-shows for games.